Beacon Council headed to Madrid and Barcelona
Written by Camila Cepero on January 17, 2017
The Beacon Council is preparing to embark on its first economic development mission of the year to Madrid and Barcelona from Feb. 21 to March 1.
The mission will be led by Beacon Council chair Jaret Davis, co-managing shareholder of Greenberg Traurig’s Miami office, and Beacon Council interim president & CEO Sheldon Anderson.
For its first stop in Madrid, the organization has partnered with the Madrid Chamber of Commerce, the Spain-US Chamber of Commerce and the US Commercial Service Spain at the US Embassy in Madrid, as it has in the past.
For this mission in particular, the Beacon Council has also partnered with the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce and the Trade Commission of Spain in Miami.
The partnerships will culminate in a business seminar at the Madrid Chamber of Commerce.
At the Beacon Council’s last seminar in Spain in February of last year, more than 100 Spanish and US companies were in attendance.
“For this February, we’re expecting something similar,” said Mario Sacasa, senior vice president of International Economic Development for the Beacon Council.
“This is how we identify new prospects from different industries – it’s a multi-sector seminar and that’s how we get a lot of our business from Spain,” Mr. Sacasa said.
This will be the Beacon Council’s 16th mission to Spain. To date, the organization has assisted about 105 companies in establishing business ties across both countries.
On the trip will be a Spanish-speaking attorney, tax expert, and realtor to explain the nuts and bolts of doing business in Miami-Dade.
“The seminar is a very important tool,” Mr. Sacasa said. “It’s a win-win situation because companies learn a lot about Miami-Dade and Florida and how to do business here.”
On the second day of the trip there will be a business networking reception with the deputy chief of mission at the US Embassy.
Also in Madrid, delegates will have the opportunity to conduct one-on-one meetings, he said, which they are responsible for scheduling.
BBVA Spain will be sponsoring and hosting a dinner reception in Madrid.
The delegation will then travel to the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona for the latter half of the trip.
The Mobile World Congress, to take place Feb. 27-March 2, is a combination of the world’s largest exhibition for the mobile industry and a conference. This will mark the third time the Beacon Council will attend the conference
Organizers are now finalizing the delegation, Mr. Sacasa said.
“Invitations have been distributed to board members and our membership,” he said. “We expect to have 12 to 15 member companies.”